…a perfect headscarf does not a hijabi make…
Apparently as long as one sports a perfect headscarf, ones awrah does not need to be covered!
Wearing hijab is not about being trendy, stylish or “cool…it is about following God’s rules and being a decent, pious Muslim and showing the world that you are just that.
There is a beautiful saying I recently read, its supposidly from the Prophet Salallahu ‘alayhi wa salam, although I havent been able to find any evidence of it, regardless its still beautiful and I wish more sisters thought about this when they decide to cover fi’sab’Illah (For the sake of God!)
“The summit of ones hijab is to wear the jilbaab (the overgarment)…the woman who wears the overgarment is a wrestler who has smashed her Nafs Al-Ammara under her feet!
The Nafs Ammara is is most base, lowest ego…conquering that elevates the Muslim towards progressing in their deen, increases their eman and helps them to overcome the other nafs…
What are the rules for our hijab? Well they vary depending upon which madhab and scholar ones chooses to follow…but at the simpliest level it encompasses an overgarment or “jilbab” which is opaque, is worn over ones regular clothing when going outside or when around non-mahrams and a khimar or scarf to cover the hair, neck and busom.
According to the following ayah… al-Ahzab ayah 59 (33:59) says:
Ya ayyuha an-Nabiyy qul li azwajika wa banatika wa nisa al-mu’minin yudnina alayhinna min jalabib hinna; dhalika adna an yu’rafna fa laa yu’dhayn. Wa kana Allahu Ghafur Rahim
O Prophet! Say to your wives and your daughters and the women of the faithful to draw their JALABIB close around them; that is better that they will be recognized and not annoyed. And God is ever Forgiving, Gentle.
This Ayah states several important things…one that the word “jalabib” is the plural of “jilbab“. That the Muslim women is to wear a garment which Allah subhana wa ta’ala has called “jilbab“. That they should wear such recognizable attire so people know they are believing Muslims!
Another important ayah which further gives advice for believing women is this… al-Ahzab ayah 33 (33:33) says:
“And do not display yourselves like that of the times of ignorance”
In turn there are several recorded hadiths which show how the women of the Sahabah followed this command…
Sunan Abu Dawud Book 32 #4090. Narrated Umm Salama, Umm al-Mu’minin: When the verse, “That they should draw their jalabib close around them” was revealed, the women of Ansar came out as if they had crows over their heads by wearing jalabib.
Sahih Bukhari Book 8 #347. Narrated Umm Atiyya: We were ordered to bring out our menstruating women and screened women to the religious gatherings and invocation of the Muslims on the two Eid festivals. These menstruating women were to keep away from the musalla. A woman asked, “O Messenger of Allah! What about one who does not have a jilbab?”. He said, “Let her borrow the jilbab of her companion”.
Obviously the early Muslim women did not hesitate to cover properly according to what God commanded in the Quran! So, how can we not? How can we make excuses which for the most part are simply an extension of our ego? I understand if a sister is new to Islam or new to covering and is not able to cover fully due to family objections, lack of money or whatever else but en’sha’Allah it should be something that we strive for and the minimum is that we are careful with both our attire and our manners. Because hijab is not and never has been just a scarf on the head, its the entire ensemble with modest behavior.
I really like the brief “in a nutshell” summary which sister Ruqaiyyah Maqsood in her Thoughts On Hijab brings up regarding what scholars say encompasses the hijab and jilbab of a Muslim woman.
“So, according to the majority opinion of the scholars (Sunni), the jilbab can be any garment or combination of garments that meet the following criteria:
- It is an outer-garment; an extra layer; something worn over the normal clothing.
- if the khimar is not worn, this garment must cover from the top of the head down, but if the khimar is worn, this garment only needs to cover from the shoulders down.
- it should be made of fabric that is opaque so that it does not show what is beneath it, and it must be loose so that it does not reveal the contours of what is beneath it.
- for modest feet, some scholars add that if socks are not worn, the garment must cover down to the ground, but if socks are worn so that the feet are completely covered, this garment only needs to cover down to the ankles.
These scholars are agreed that the jilbab is to be worn outdoors and in open public places like the market, the masjid, etc, and does not need to be worn indoors, such as in the house or a building where access is controlled. This is because the jilbab serves the purposes of asserting the Islamic identity of a sister, and of protecting her from harassment, which are concerns only outdoors and in public. The rules in Surah 24.31 govern the dress of the Muslim woman indoors. Thus a sister may wear the khimar and any suitable modest clothing indoors, and this is her hijab for this location. However, when she goes outdoors or to open public places, she should cover her indoor clothing with outer-garments.”
Its not my intention to be a scholar or even to pretend to be one or to try to speak on every single scholarly ruling from every madhab-Sunni, Shia or Salafi regarding a Muslim womans dress.I’m also not trying to target anyone or be a “know it all”! I have just chosen to highlight this bit of information because I get the feeling like there are many Muslim women who are ignorant of hijab and what it entails and how best to practice it. All good in this post is from Allah swt, any bad, is obviously from myself.